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A new chapter for The James Chicago…

As Denihan’s ownership and management of The James Chicago comes to an end and a new chapter starts with a licensing agreement, we want to thank all of our Chicago team members for their years of service with the company.

In the ten years Denihan has owned The James Chicago, it has received many accolades – from being named Best Steakhouse in Chicago to being included in Travel & Leisure’s Top Hotels in the US.  In addition, the hotel has consistently achieved the highest guest satisfaction scores in the company and most importantly been voted one of the 101 best places to work in Chicago for 10 years in a row!

All of this would not have been possible without the dedication and commitment to excellent service from the wonderful team at The James Chicago. We are very appreciative of all you have done and proud of all the accomplishments. 


Your Valentine is at The James Chicago

Chocolate covered strawberries – hand dipped and decorated by our own Executive Team – were delivered to all team members on Valentine’s Day morning as a special treat of recognition. Our famous “Buddy Grams”, that team members can send to each other, were also available again this year. Valentine’s Day in full bloom!

Heartfelt Moments!


The James Kitchen & Bar Chicago – follow us on Instagram!

Brand new, super fresh, locally inspired, globally infused…The James Kitchen & Bar is bringing a new food and drinks offering to hotel guests and locals alike. Chef Tyler Houston offers a seasonal menu that ranges from great vegetable dishes, interesting sandwiches, flatbreads, already cult favorite calamari to our always famous burger.

We are new on Instagram! Follow us!


Media Preview of Four Bodies Wellness Launch!

Media partners all smiles after previewing & participating in an Aerospace class led by Michael Olajide.

On January 23rd and 24th, The James New York-NoMad hosted a media preview of the new Four Bodies Wellness program -exclusive in-room wellness programming and events, designed to help balance all four bodies; Physical, Mental, Spiritual, and Emotional, in pursuit of total well-being.

Across all James Hotels guests will be able to experience the Four Bodies Wellness program through the following offerings:

Physical – In-room TV workout session led by Aerospace Co-Founder Michael Olajide Jr.
Mental – Complimentary one-month membership to the INSCAPE app. founded by Khajak Keledjian
Spiritual – In-room TV Kundalini Yoga sessions designed to cure jet lag and clear stress with Guru Jagat
Emotional – curated by The Numinous founder, Ruby Warrington, a ‘Readers on Room Service’ menu will be available for guests to book one-to-one sessions with various intuitive counselors, including: Astrology Birth Chart Readings, Transformational Coaching, Tarot Reading, Hypnosis, Reiki Healing, and Sound Healing.

This is a first-to-market concept that truly differentiates The James Hotels from our competition. Renowned journalists from publications ranging from the Huffington Post to Vogue attended our preview sessions and were impressed, seeing the value in this innovative program that aims to treat guests’ well-being as a top priority. We expect media coverage from our partners to follow! They have already shared their appreciation & excitement with posts on their social channels, most notably Instagram.

Journalist David Duran, who is a contributor to Travel + Leisure and Huffington Post, shared a picture to his Instagram following after completing the Aerospace workout. It received 480 likes!

The program was announced formally to the public on January 25th through a press release, and the announcement will be further promoted through robust digital, email and social efforts, including a social media contest #fourbodieswellness. Please stay close to the @jameshotels Instagram channel as we share the launch of Four Bodies Wellness!

The James Heads to Washington D.C.

Opening in 2020 with a ground up new build in the highly attractive neighborhood destination of NoMa (North of Massachusetts Avenue), Denihan will bring the James flag to its fourth location. The hotel, in strategic partnership with Trammell Crow Company (TCC) and KochSmith Capital, will feature 204 rooms, 10,000 square feet of meeting space, a signature restaurant and rooftop bar. To learn more visit

The announcement of the project was shared with the media this week while our Development Team was at ALIS (Americas Lodging Investment Summit) in L.A. As a result, we have secured press coverage with more hits expected—examples include:
Washington Business Journal
Business Wire
Hotels Mag
Boutique Design
Hotel Business
Hotel Management

In addition, the team is sharing this exciting news publicly via robust digital & social marketing to create more awareness of this significant achievement.

We encourage you to follow The James Hotels (@jameshotels) on Instagram and Facebook and spread this exciting news with your professional & personal networks to keep the momentum going!



Holiday Fun in Chicago

The James Chicago Manager Holiday Outing

We had a little fun while celebrating our two last Managers of the Quarter for 2017. Photo Scavenger Hunt, Name that Baby, White Elephant gift exchange – all brought cheer to our management team.

Best Holiday Wishes from our family to yours!

Congratulations to the Denihan 2017 Big Apple Stars Nominees!

Full Time Concierge

Joseph Colon – Gardens NYC

Gina Bianco – The Benjamin

Full Time Door Person

Michael Sicinski – Gardens NYC

Rome Jefferson – Fifty NYC

Greg Rieke – Surrey Hotel

Miguel Ureta – The James New York – NoMad

Jimmy Healy – The James New York – Soho

Angelo Roa – The Benjamin


Full Time Hourly with Guest Contact

Frank Boateng – Gardens NYC

Kristy Rosado – Fifty NYC

Michelle Manon – Shelburne NYC

Yuko Urakami – Surry Hotel

Philip Huie– The James New York – NoMad

Brian Morr – The James New York – Soho

Stephanie Arscott – The Benjamin


Full Time Hourly without Guest Contact

Henry Cabrera – Gardens NYC

Vladimir Shteynberg – Fifty NYC

Yevsey Katsnelson – Shelburne NYC

Festus Walker– The James New York – NoMad

Brian Stanton – The James New York – Soho

Abu Shardow – The Benjamin


Full Time Room Attendant

Teresa Kardaszewska – Gardens NYC

Khamawattie Prashad – Fifty NYC

Visa Nitu – Shelburne NYC

Rosa Corona – Surrey Hotel

Mireille Joseph– The James New York – NoMad

Celia Garcia – The James New York – Soho

Martha Felipe – The Benjamin


Managerial below GM

Elvira Kim – Gardens NYC

Angela Castro – Fifty NYC

Didier Ambroise – Shelburne NYC

Emmanuel Asa-Ntow – The James New York – NoMad

Elmo Wells – – The James New York – Soho

Slavka Kmec – The Benjamin



Conde Nast Traveler – Readers’ Choice Awards for The James Chicago

Congratulations! We are excited to share that The James has been voted one of Chicago’s best hotels yet again by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler. With so many hotels in the city, it is no easy feat to be amongst the top 25 properties. It is thanks to the great service and guest experience driven by everyone here that we continue to garner these accolades after 11 years.

 Feel free to explore the full article here:

James Talk + Wellness Picnic Events with Tao Porchon-Lynch


The James New York – NoMad hosted their first successful James Talk and Wellness Picnic at Madison Square Park, hosted by the iconic Tao Porchon-Lynch!

We are thrilled that the feedback from both events was very positive and attendees especially were impressed with the overall James brand and the importance of wellness integration.

A total of 32 guests attended the ‘Conversation with a Master’ talk which included hotel guests, Tao followers, medi

a, influencers and potential brand partners. The intimate Wellness Picnic and yoga in the park included 18 participants.

The Well + Good and Business Insider teams were present to capture video footage of the events as well as one-on-one interviews with Tao.

During her media interviews, Tao explained the energy she felt when she walked into the property and how special and intimate all aspects of the James New York -NoMad are, viewing the hotel as a home. Additionally, she shared how important it is to stay balanced while traveling and felt honored to be part of the James’ initiatives in offering guests just that.

Additionally, both events received a total of 514K social impressions, which includes Well + Good social account, influencer Joey Zauzig, along with Tao’s key followers, all sharing their


We are looking forward to hosting more James Talks in the new lobby and to further our partnership with Madison Square Park.

The James New York – NoMad receives high marks in The Globe and Mail

The James New York – NoMad received high marks from Globe and Mail writer, Cliff Lee, who spent some time with us over the summer. He features the property as a place to stay in Midtown, highlighting its proximity to desirable attractions and activities as well as the “retro modern aesthetic”. You can check out his review in detail by clicking here.

Arrive in Style at The James New York – NoMad

The James New York – NoMad team hosted yet another great event as they welcomed corporate clients and guests of the hotel to their Arrive in Style at The James event. The property + corporate sales teams showcased the newly renovated guestrooms and lobby, along with current features and amenities of the hotel. Approximately 60 clients and another 25 in house guests made an appearance and enjoyed music from DJ Rich Green, glam’d up for some mirror booth photo fun, and enjoyed some mindful activations hosted by Modrn Sanctuary, including crystal readings and aromatherapy. The food and beverage by LDV was nothing short of spectacular and left everyone wanting more. The feedback was great as guests look forward to seeing what other great moments are yet to come at The James New York – NoMad.

Housekeeping Week Memories

After another busy week at The James Chicago, we look back at our fun housekeeping week just two weeks ago. Each day, the team enjoyed a treat as a small “Thank You” for always bringing in the highest score in cleanliness in the company! From Donuts to popcorn, catered lunch and pot luck, chair massages and the Denihan gift, there was something for everybody and it was nice to spend some time together as a team. Thank you!!

2017 Housekeeping Week – The James New York – Soho and The James New York – NoMad

2017 Housekeeping Week – The James New York – Soho and The James New York – NoMad

Both The James New York – Soho and James New York – NoMad had great time celebrating housekeeping week filled with events daily!

The James New York Soho kicked off the week with Breakfast and other events included massages, a pizza party and bed making contests!  The highlights of the week included a Sip & Paint Party  where the team all gathered to paint the same picture as well as a glow in the dark party!

The James New York NoMad kicked of the week with a Taco Bar and other events included Disco Karaoke, a visit from our new Neighbors at &pizza and a Rent the Runway show using everyday housekeeping items.  The highlight of the week was the Wellness Wednesday where the team enjoyed fresh made smoothies in personalized James Cups!

Enjoy all our pictures below!!!



The James New York – NoMad Lobby Revealed!

The James New York – NoMad team successfully opened up their new lobby on August 24th. Thanks to all those on property and at corporate who pitched in a hand to make sure the transition from the temp lobby to the new lobby was seamless. Everything from the décor, florals, lighting, and music help bring to life the James brand and the team is excited about welcoming our guests into our new home!


Celebrating Best and Brightest Places to work in Chicago!

The James Chicago Team celebrated being named one of the “101 Best and Brightest Places to Work For” in Chicago with a party in J-Café! This was our tenth year in a row receiving this prestigious award—in order to be considered, the award committee relies on surveys completed by our entire team, so it is truly a hotel-wide accomplishment. We would like to express our gratitude to Vera and the rest of the team at Denihan for gifting us with the delicious cake and party. We are proud to be part of such an amazing team!

The James New York – NoMad Open House

The James New York – NoMad hosted an exclusive sneak peek Open House event for clients to see the newly renovated guestrooms along with hard hat tours of the new lobby space.  The event had about 50 clients attend as the team showcased all the features and amenities of the hotel along with fabulous food and beverage provided by our partners at LDV Hospitality


The James Chicago is a “Best and Brightest” Workplace!

For the 10th year in a row, The James Chicago received the award for being one of the “101 Best and Brightest Workplaces” in the greater Chicago area. This year, we were the only hotel on the winner’s list! The 101 winners share best practices in various workplace topics, including recruiting, benefits, engagement and training, as well as community involvement, wellness and environmental consciousness.

Thank you to the entire James ChicagoTeam for this amazing honor!

Awards Ceremony

2017 Award

The James Chicago Lobby Reveal Event

We were delighted to host an exceptional group of guests in our newly re-designed lobby by the prominent New York City based architecture and design firm, Dufner Heighes, last week. Our lobby now offers a more socially-accommodating and collaborative space to our guests, including the shared networking desks and our James Club serving complimentary light food and beverages throughout the day. On display is locally sourced art, including Stephen Eichhorn’s new original installation by The Patio which reflects his profound sense of cultivation and composition play adding to our longstanding commitment to support the local community and emerging artists through our James Public Art Program.

Thank you to everybody who helped making this event such a huge success!

Congratulations Jill Lieblein, Director of Sales & Marketing

The team at The James New York – NoMad is thrilled that Jill Lieblein, Director of Sales & Marketing was selected as a finalist for the Sales Executive of the Year Award for HSMAI’S 24th Annual Frank W. Berkman Tourism Achievement Awards Dinner.  Jill has overseen the Carlton Hotel when it first transitioned to Marriott’s Autograph Collection in 2011 and most recently oversaw the Carlton transformation to The James New York – NoMad.  With over 29 years of sales and marketing experience we are so very proud to acknowledge her many accomplishments.  She has put in countless hours and nights in all the changes that have taken place at the landmark hotel on 29th and Madison and were it not for her dedication and drive, these vast hotel accomplishments would not have been possible.  We are proud to be her team members, her counterparts and her cheerleaders each and every day.

James Chicago welcomes James NoMad!

Thank you Stephen Blackford and The James Chicago team for welcoming The James New York – NoMad to The James Family!

A special shout out to Jennifer Hampson for directing and producing the video!

Posted on behalf of David Sandler

Wave Walk Art Installation at The James SoHo

The James Soho is very excited to be hosting wave statues over the next month, as part of the Wave Walk Trail, to help bring awareness to ocean conservation. There are 50 statues placed all around NYC designed by high-profile artists and taste makers. The ones at The James are designed by Keith Richards, Dustin Yellin and Clifford Ross.  All statues are on auction over the next month and 100% of proceeds go towards ocean protection efforts. If you interested in taking a look at any others, here is the digital map:

Keith Richards, “Human Tide,” located in the hotel entrance

Dustin Yellin, “Sink or Float,” located in the upper Urban Garden

Clifford Ross, “Wave Sculpture I,” located in the Bird’s Nest


The James NoMad-Training Phase One

The James NoMad successfully kicked off a full week of training yesterday! The team members learned about The James brand and it’s focus on being mindful and of course, guest centric! The Penthouse level was converted into a stylish, savvy space where team members participated in brand activation’s that highlight how each team member will be energetic and committed to the James brand!

Urban Garden Opening Event at The James Soho


The James New York – Soho opened the Urban Garden for the season by hosting the book launch event for Ruby Warrington of The Numinous, a new brand partner for The James. Friends of The James, The Numinous, and local media gathered to support Ruby on the launch of her book Material Girl, Mystical World. Ruby read a few of her favorite excerpts and answered questions facilitated by Sarah Kennedy of the NY Observer. Mini astro readings were also available to attendees as well as signed copies of the book by Ruby herself. Delicious kombucha, juices and fun was had by all!


Cinco de Mayo in Chicago

Fajitas, Conchas, Mexican candy, Garlands and Sombreros to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in J-Café @ The James Chicago! A small teaser for our big team member party “Quince de Mayo – La Fiesta!”. We are looking forward to celebrating our newly renovated lobby and to spend some fun times with the entire team! Chicago – don’t forget to RSVP!

The next generation at The James Chicago

For the 2017 “Bring your sons and daughters to work day” campaign, The James Chicago hosted 15 children of our team members for a shift last week. Their schedule included a mindful meditation and reflection session with yoga and coloring, minibar inventory and restocking, iPiggy Bank training, ice cream making lessons, and of course shadowing their parents during their work day! You all did a great job!

Happy 10th Anniversary!

Another 21 team members are celebrating their 10th anniversary with The James Chicago this year! On Monday we were able to have a fun luncheon in their honor, enjoying each other’s company and reflecting on their memories over the last 10 years. Congratulations to all and thank you for your commitment and guest centricity!


The James NoMad Runway Show!

The management team at the James NoMad hosted a runway show to present the new James NoMad uniforms. We featured Front Desk Assistant, Lobby Assistant (Bell/Door), Room Attendant, Housemen, Engineering and In Room Dining! The team is very excited for the uniforms and new look!

Jill Lieblein and David Sandler went to the Sabre call center to promote The James NoMad launching June 1st!   Jill and David presented the James NoMad presentation to 10 small groups and answered many questions the Sabre team had about the James NoMad.  It was great meeting the team face to face and telling them about the new hotel!  Timing was perfect as reservations now starting to come in.  We hope to have them come visit the James NoMad later this year!

Buddy Gram deliveries

Our own JAT team sold, boxed, bundled, created and delivered Buddy Grams from team members to team members at The James Chicago for Valentine’s Day. Your choice of an amazing donut or a poppin’ good time for a treat, with a personalized note of thanks or recognition. Rosie, our J-Café Cook took the most love home!

ALIS Conference and The James West Hollywood

Week of January 22, Denihan was represented by Patrick Denihan, Chrissy Denihan, Ellen Brown, Melissa Cornfeld and Glenn Wasserman at the annual ALIS (American Lodging Investment Summit) conference.  The theme this year was “Please Stand By.”  To learn more about the conference, take a look at hotelAves major takeaways.

While we were out in LA, there were many successful tours of The James WEHO property.  Tim Flodin showcased his knowledge of the hotel, strength of our opening team and the opening plan flawlessly. Patrick and Chrissy were able to spend some time with our west coast James team.  We are nearly fully staffed with an extremely strong team of individuals.  We know that we have the best team in place to open this hotel with a BANG!!

During the Conference, Patrick and Chrissy scaled down 26 stories of the JW Marriott to help raise awareness for Shatterproof. This “Shatterproof Challenge” aims to help end the stigma and suffering of those affected by addiction, and to raise funds to prevent and treat the disease.

Recruitment fair at James WeHo!

The James West Hollywood team was all hands on deck during the Recruitment Fair last week! We teamed up with SBE to source top talent for our upcoming opening. Over two days The James team members interviewed over 100 candidates and we were thrilled with who we met! The excitement and buzz around our new property was strongly felt over the two days we spoke with eager candidates. Over the next two weeks we will continue to meet with candidates and finalize those that have moved forward after our event. Look out West Hollywood, The James will soon be the best property in town with the best team members in town!

Posted on behalf of Grace Moncrief

Sneak peek at the James WeHo show rooms!

The Sales team was recently out in West Hollywood for a photo shoot. They wanted to share these pictures with us so we could all get a sneak peek at the James West Hollywood-Sunset Show Rooms. Please note these pictures were taken from a cellphone and the professional shots are in the plans and will be shared in the near future!


Santa visits The James Chicago

Santa and Mrs Claus visited together with Elf Aaron and Mickey Mouse the team members and their families of The James. On the first day of snowfall of the year in Chicago, Santa’s sled was able to stop at the hotel and the party spent a relaxing breakfast time with the kids during their Pajama Party. Santa got many hugs from young and old. Enjoy some sample photos below. Thank you to the JAT team and their helpers for this great event.

The James Chicago wishes the entire Denihan team a very happy and joyous holiday season!

Breakfast with Santa at The James Chicago

Breakfast with Santa at The James Chicago

2016 Big Apple Stars Nominees

Congratulations to the Denihan 2016 Big Apple Stars Nominees!


Full-Time Door Concierge

Gina Bianco – The Benjamin

Purnima Tiwari – Shelburne NYC

Full-Time Door Person

Canton Hago – The Benjamin

Manuel Pitre – Carlton Hotel

Carlos Santos – Dumont NYC

Samuel Asfaw – Fifty NYC

Salman Khalil – Gardens NYC

Marceau Duplan – Manhattan NYC

Dennis Harrow – Shelburne NYC

 Full-Time Hourly w/ Guest Contact

Pronab Dutta – The Benjamin

Hector Rivera – The Carlton Hotel

Kevin Mejia – Dumont NYC

Terrance Carpenter – Fifty NYC

Christopher Freeman – Gardens NYC

Julio Quijada – The James NY **Finalist**

Kodjo Dom Tete Adayi – Manhattan NYC

Richard Jimenez – Shelburne NYC

Full-Time Room Attendant

Paola Sandy – The Benjamin

Genive Bristol – The Carlton Hotel

Marie Pierre – Dumont NYC

Angela Capellan – Fifty NYC

Anna Walendziuk – Gardens NYC

Maria Torres – The James NY

Danuta Partyka – Manhattan NYC

Bibi Rasheed – Shelburne NYC

 Full-Time Hourly w/o Guest Contact

Braulio De Jesus – The Benjamin

Ebenzer Owusu – The Carlton Hotel

Thumptan Sherab – Dumont NYC

Igor Vasko – Fifty NYC

Anokye Wilson – Gardens NYC

Edwin Santis – The James NY

Adam Petricki – Manhattan NYC

Avudulla Shehu  – Shelburne NYC

Manager Below General Manager

Andria Vlahos – The Benjamin

Mariorara Sfera – The Carlton Hotel

Amy Betances – Dumont NYC **Finalist**

Ruth Pino – Fifty NYC

Hazel Minaya – The James NY

Trang Phan – Manhattan NYC



Lights. Camera. James!

Yesterday, we held a photo & video-shoot with the James West Hollywood Penthouse designers, Lawson-Fenning. The creative minds behind the two top-floor penthouse suites, were seen taking in the spectacular views that our future guests will enjoy from these designer suites. From sunrise to sunset, no angle was left behind, we even blocked the intersection of La Cienega & Sunset to get the most inspiring shots! Great things are happening in West Hollywood – take a look at the sunset photo from the Penthouse Loft in the East Tower – breathtaking! 


Sunset from Penthouse Loft





Shots from the streets of West Hollywood!

The James Running Club finished the last fun runs of the year

What started a few years ago as a wellness initiative became a part of The James Team way of life. Chicago has so many fun runs on offer from Spring to Fall, and we have participated in many of them; just for fun – or for a charity – or for team building. Our last ones of the year 2016 included “The Pumpkin 5k”, “Carrera De Los Muertos”, and the “Chicago Hot Chocolate Run”.

Thank you to all The James Runners and Walkers for an active 2016. Have a nice winter and we will be back in action in Spring 2017!

The James Chicago Running Team

The James Chicago Running Team

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